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Shelters at capacity

In order to better manage our shelters and care for the thousands of stray animals that come through our doors each year, we are asking people who want to surrender a pet to speak with an Animal Welfare representative before bringing your pet in. If you must surrender a pet immediately, bring it to one of our animal shelters. If you are willing to help us deal with our capacity problem, we ask that you voluntarily go on a waiting list by calling 311 (768-2000)  and giving your name and telephone number to a 311 operator. You will be contacted within one to three days.

View our list of available spay and neuter resources.

We appreciate folks working with us to help their pets as well as the 1,000 other animals we currently have in our care.

Animal Intake and Receiving

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD) ONLY accepts animals from people residing in the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Town of Bernalillo, and the Village of Los Ranchos, to include animals found within these jurisdictions.  Bernalillo County includes the areas listed below. Valid identification is required to drop off all animals.

    • Carnuel
    • Tijeras
    • Sandia Park
    • Cedar Crest
    • South Valley

      If you reside outside of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Town of Bernalillo, or Los Ranchos, and need to relinquish your animal or have found a stray animal, you must contact the local animal shelter in that area:

      Rio Rancho Animal Shelter:
      3441 Northern Blvd 87124
      505-891-5075

      Corrales Animal Shelter:
      4324 Corrales Rd PO Box 707 87048
      505-898-0401

      Sandoval County Animal Control
      PO Box 40 Bernalillo NM 87004
      505-867-0245

      Los Lunas Animal Shelter
      PO Box 1209 Los Lunas NM 87031
      505-865-1377

      Belen Animal Shelter
      607 Becker Av Belen NM 87002
      505-865-7501

      Valencia County Animal Control
      1209 Highway 314 Los Lunas NM 87031
      505-866-2479

      Edgewood Animal Control
      PO Box 3610 Edgewood NM 87015
      505-286-4518 ext 4

      Moriarty/Estancia Valley Regional Animal Shelter
      83 Galloway Rd Moriarty NM 87035
      505-832-9597

          Eastside Animal Welfare

          Physical Address: 8920 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

          Telephone: (505) 768-1975

          Office Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

          Kennel Viewing Hours Only: Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

          About Animal Reclaiming

          7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

          • Citizens must have pets compliant with all City requirements and bring proof of ownership to reclaim.
          • A valid Photo ID is required with proof of address if other than what is on the ID.
          • Fees typically apply and must be paid at the time of reclaim.
          • Credit cards will not be accepted after regular shelter business hours.
          • All animals must be sterilized before release*, if your pet is not already sterilized it will stay at the shelter and have surgery on the next available date.
          • Some situations require special approval and must occur during regular shelter business hours.

          Animal Receiving: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

          Citizens must be residents of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County to bring animals.

          If you change your mind shortly after adopting an animal, returning a pet that was adopted from the Animal Welfare Department must be done by the adopting party.

            Westside Animal Welfare

            Physical Address: 11800 Sunset Gardens SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121

            Telephone: (505) 768-1975

            Office Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

            Kennel Viewing Hours Only: Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

            Animal Reclaiming: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

            • Citizens must have pets compliant with all City requirements and bring proof of ownership to reclaim.
            • A valid Photo ID is required with proof of address if other than what is on the ID.
            • Fees typically apply and must be paid at the time of reclaim.
            • Credit cards will not be accepted after regular shelter business hours.
            • All animals must be sterilized before release*, if your pet is not already sterilized it will stay at the shelter and have surgery on the next available date.
            • Some situations require special approval and must occur during regular shelter business hours.

            Animal Receiving: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

            Citizens must be residents of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County to bring animals.

            If you change your mind shortly after adopting an animal, returning a pet that was adopted from the Animal Welfare Department must be done by the adopting party.

              Lucky Paws

              Physical Address: Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
              Next to Boot Barn and Kohl's Department Store.

              Telephone: (505) 768-1975

              Adoption Hours:

              • Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
              • Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

              Mobile Lucky Paws

              Hours and locations vary. See Animal Welfare Events for locations.

              * Only animals that already have a valid intact permit or animals from counties other than Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, Santa Fe, Sandoval, or Cibola, will be released intact.

              Wildlife

              Wild animals are an interesting and exciting part of our city, and should be left alone when encountered.  If you come across an injured wild animal and feel comfortable handling the animal you can take them to Wild Life Rescue Inc. of NM (www.wrinm.org) located at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park at the western end of Candelaria Blvd. NE. or you may take the injured animal to our eastside or westside animal shelter intake desks on days and times referenced above under Animal Receiving. If you are unable or unwilling to handle the animal you may call 311, and an Animal Services Officer will be dispatched to pick up the animal.

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